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Peg-Rail Organizer

Garden shed a shambles? Shaker-style peg racks offer the perfect perches to stow essentials.


  • Wood the length of your wall
  • 3 1/2-inch-long 1/2-inch-diameter pegs
  • Paint
  • Drill
  • Wood glue
  • Screws


  1. Step 1

    Start with strips of wood the length of your wall (we used 3 1/2-inch-wide poplar) and 3 1/2-inch-long 1/2-inch-diameter pegs.

  2. Step 2

    Paint both to match your trim. Let dry.

  3. Step 3

    Drill a hole in the rails for each peg, and then glue pegs in.

  4. Step 4

    Attach the rails to the wall with screws (we hid ours under a few of the pegs).

Martha Stewart Living, March 2007

Reviews (10)

  • Epitaph 26 Mar, 2014

    Peg rails are a great way to keep organized. I had a hard time finding a source for quality custom length peg rails. Most stores do not offer custom sizes or custom peg spacing like the ones in your pictures with the two pegs close together. I purchased mine at they made them to fit my garage perfectly and put the pegs and mounting holes exactly where I wanted them.

  • Epitaph 28 Feb, 2014

    Peg Rail are a great way to organize Remodelista did a nice story on them last year

  • harvard44 19 Jul, 2010

    This is a great idea and tips are so useful. So versatile - you can change them seasonally, re-arrange - practically redecorate an entire wall with little effort or expense once you have the rails installed. Shaker style is my favorite - so simple, functional and attractive - so I have peg rails in my mudroom/laundry, side door entry, powder room

  • Sharon Carbine 18 Jul, 2010

    I enjoy visiting other contributors' Web site references. The contributors and the sites are very helpful.

    I have learned a lot from others who follow Martha. Please keep sharing your knowledge!!! Thank you!

  • fXT 18 Jul, 2010

    I LOVE per rails. My home is shade and textures of off white. So I pickled the peg rails. I have some in the entrance, some in the living and dining room, some in each bed room and MOST importantly I have an entire wall in each of the bathrooms. I hang the towels, the trowels, buckets, baskets and bins from them. I feel very organized and love looking at them. Jackets, scarves, hats and gloves love them too. I LOVE peg rails.

  • poonela 18 Jul, 2010

    I just checked out the period and these peg boards cost approximately $70.00 for a decent size. You obviously can make them a lot less expensive than that. Thank you for the tips on how to make them!

  • hwgang 18 Jul, 2010

    Would you folks who advertise in a comment post give it a rest, already??

  • myfancyeyes 8 Jul, 2009

    My life changed (for the better) when I put peg rails in my home. Mine were made by Paul Thomas Designs, Beautiful colors and woods. Plus special lengths too. I think The Period House sells them too. Their website is fun,

  • sqbuyer 12 Apr, 2009

    This is exactly right. I have several of these Shaker styled peg rails in my home and also in the garage. I bought my peg rails online at We hang everything imaginable. And the nice people at The Period House were great help in choosing colors and lengths.

  • rlhrlh 2 Mar, 2008

    My husband is definitely going to see this and implement it in our utility room for brooms